Quite possibly my favorite Julie Garwood book of all, this is a story about a woman who was raised from childhood with the 'savage' American Indians, then returns to 'civilized' England upon becoming a woman. Sweet, engrossing, and quite hilarious at times, this is one to read over and over again.
Now that I've read her later novels - I can see the beginnings of really fabulous reading, such as The Wedding, but I'll be honest, while this is a very good concept (bride raised as an American Indian, she "divorces" him by putting his shoes outside and drags her aggravating mother in law to the woods to die when she won't stop grieving for a many-years-gone child, and hey, haven't we all wanted to do that at one time or another?), the delivery lacks the polish Garwood develops in later novels.
I really like Julie Garwood. This one has it all . Murder, mystery, and true love. CAn't beat that. I particularly like the History of the Leading LAdy and her Past with the Dakota indians.
I just finished reading this book last night for at least the 20th time. While my favorite of Garwood's books will always be The Bride, this one comes in a close second. I adore the mystery and suspense that is tied in with the romance in this book. And Christina's not-so-innocent comments always have me laughing out loud, even when I am expecting it. The hero was perfect in his imperfections. I really do become tired of the dashing, charming, absolutely perfect handsome hero. That Lyon was scarred, nightmare-ridden, arrogant and completely clueless when it came to Christina was refreshing. The other books in this little group are just as wonderful in that sense, but for some reason The Lion's Lady always comes out on top.
Another great story by Julie Garwood. Light, quick, easy read. This book had me laughing out loud. Christina and Lyon's love is filled with misunderstandings due to their backgrounds but that is what makes their love all the worth while and the book a great read.
I am a big fan of historical romances based in England and usually shy away from those that involve the American Colonies. This one has the main character being raised by the Dakota Indian tribe and returning to her own people and family in England.
Christina's mother dies and leaves her in the care of a Dakota woman who promises to raise her strong and to care for her. She returns to England and tries her best to fit into society there but Garwood humorously sets up incidents that are funny to the reader and mysterious and confusing to the main hero Lyon (the Marquis of Lyonwood).
The characters are well developed. Loved it!
This is one of my most favorite books I've read in a long time.
At first I was a little confused with the Dakota family, then when I read more, this beginning made the story essential. I loved Lyon and Christina. She was so strong and he admired that strength in her. He never tried to stiffle her.
I truly loved the book - couldn't wait for it to end to see what happened but then wished it had gone on longer.
Lion's Lady is book 1 of a series that includes characters from "the gift" (bk 3), "Castles"(bk 4), and I believe "A pirate's Lady"(bk 2).
This book is very well written and lots of fun to read.
One of Garwood's early historical books, as usual it's great.
Garwood's old stuff is always a sure bet.
Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss.
One of my favorite books by Ms. Garwood.
Very strong characters and great book.
Fantastic book from page one, great humor and repeat characters from previous books
Probably my favorite Julie Garwood next to Ransom. Great story. Loved the character of Lyon.
This is a most unlikely story and the first chapter lets the reader know just how wild the story is going to be. OK, I suspended disbelief so that I could get into the story. Christina Bennett's meeting with Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood (when Christina immediately recognizes Lyon as a warrior) and their subsequent instant attraction was made believable by Chapter One.
However, the constant misunderstanding between the two leads, which could have been straightened out by an honest conversation or two, dragged on way too long. The story got tedious after a while; the plot dragged. Then, in the end, all the loose strings were tied up in a quick fashion.
I didn't think this was any more than an average novel. I have no interest in reading the other stories in this series.
**1. The Lion's Lady (1988)
2. Guardian Angel (1990)
3. The Gift (1991)
4. Castles (1993)
I really like JG books. This one is a fun on the edge storyline with lots of fun scenes and great tension! A really good read.
what is listed is the old cover, I have the new one